In conjunction with Pride month, Capgemini colleagues recently attended the 2016 LGBT- Allies Diversity Summit  (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) hosted by the Georgia Diversity Council.   

The LGBT-Allies Diversity Summit presented resources and information to elevate the conversation regarding workplace equality. Peers also had the opportunity to share best practices on what they are doing to advance LGBT polices within their organization. Topics for this year’s summit included: 

  • How to create a Safe Space program
  • LGBT engagement in an evolving workplace
  • Executive sponsorship for LGBT initiatives
  • Battling negative perceptions from recent religious freedom clashes

(Capgemini colleagues pictured from left: Steve Stowell, Irvin Johnson, Shamika Stone, and Myles Cryer). 

Marci Alt is one of the Partners and Chief Executive Officer of Carma Productions Inc. and served as this year’s keynote speaker. Carma Productions Inc. is the proud producer of The Gay Community Yellow Pages and Gayborhood. In 1989, Marci moved to Atlanta. Shortly after her move, she realized there was need for a resource directory to ensure members of the LGBT community were treated with the same respect as everyone else. The Gay Community Yellow Pages was born. In 2008, Marci and her business partner founded Carma Productions and through the years Marci has participated in several local non-profit organizations. She has worked with Mega Family Project, Out on Film, North Georgia Rainbow Coalition and GLAAD. She is currently sitting on the Board of Directors for AGLCC (Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce). Marci has been named AGLCC’s Business Woman of the Year, has received a nomination for NGLCC’s (National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) Business Person of the Year and she was invited to spend Easter Sunday with President Barack Obama and his family at the White House. 

Myles Cryer, Communications Manager (State of Georgia) in our Atlanta office shared his experience at the Summit: “This event was enlightening and inspiring for business leaders interested in increasing LGBT rights and understanding in the corporate workplace. The keynote speaker (Marci Alt) provided an inspiring personal story – with cringe-worthy details at times – about the eventual creation of Gayborhood, a smartphone application allowing those in the LGBT community to find local businesses that do not discriminate against those in the LGBT community. Marci was followed by a panel of four speakers who spoke on a wide range of LGBT issues in the corporate workspace. The event ended in a Q&A session with the full panel. The event was a unique opportunity to learn from leaders in the business community on various ways to increase LGBT understanding and acceptance in the corporate world and it provided many ideas attendees could use within their own corporations or businesses.”

About the Georgia Diversity Council (GADC):

The Georgia Diversity Council (GADC) was founded in 2010 and is committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow and leverage their knowledge of diversity. The mission of the GADC is to enhance appreciation for, and understanding of, the value of diversity and inclusion. The GADC is committed to transforming workplace communities into environments where people are valued for their uniqueness and differences and are confident that their contributions matter. 

Thanks to the members of the OUTfront Employee Resource Group for all of their efforts to recognize this year’s Pride Month. It is our hope that #takeprideinpride encouraged all of our colleagues to celebrate what makes each of us unique and different. 

The mission of OUTfront is to provide a forum for education and awareness supporting the professional growth of LGBTA individuals by fostering a safe environment within Capgemini North America for individuals to be authentic in the workplace. In 2016, OUTfront will support a number of recruitment events and participate in several local community events relevant to their mission.